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Haka Tours10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour

Travel from the wide plains of Canterbury through the mountains and lakes of Central Otago to the glaciers and pristine rainforest of the West Coast via the spectacular Haast Pass.  The South Island of New Zealand is truly magical and you will see it all on this 10-day loop.  Whether you are an adrenaline seeker, hiker or keen to relax you can easily customise each stop on this tour to suit your needs and desires.
Stay each night in twin-share 3-4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels and lodges.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 3 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Wanaka, South Island NZ
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At a glance - 10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour

Day 1: Meet the team in Christchurch. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Ohau via Lake Tekapo. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Ohau

Day 3: Ohau to Queenstown. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Day 4: A day of leisure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown to Wanaka. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Wanaka

Day 6: Explore Wanaka with a night glamping. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Criffel Station

Day 7: Wanaka to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Day 8: Adventure in Franz Josef. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Day 9: Franz Josef to Christchuch including the TranzAlpine Scenic Train. Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Day 10: Say farewell as you finish your 10 day Haka Tour.

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10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Meet the team in Christchurch

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 1

Haka Plus Tours Arrive in Christchurch

Settle into your accommodation and be ready for the 6pm pre-tour meeting. It is here you will be introduced to your tour manager and meet your new roadtrip friends. 
After the meet the evening is yours a good night sleep is recommended ready for your early start tomorrow morning but you may prefer to enjoy the Christchurch nightlife instead. 

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Enjoy a comfortable nights stay in the city Haka calls home.

Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Ohau via Lake Tekapo

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 2

Christchurch to Ohau via Lake Tekapo

After a continental breakfast this morning we'll explore iconic downtown Christchurch and your guide will show you the cool and creative ways the city is being rebuilt after the life-changing 2011 earthquake here. Christchurch folk are an innovative and creative bunch - the Transitional Cathedral, created from cardboard, is totally inspirational.
Mid-morning we head for Lake Tekapo. Ready your camera - the lake's breathtaking turquoise colour and mountain backdrop is a photographer's dream come true.
The tiny Church of the Good Shepherd stands right at the water's edge, proving that small is bold and definitely beautiful. Grab some confetti and congratulate any passing brides. Couples travel from all over the world for wedding shots in front of this chapel.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Ohau

Sleep amongst the mountains in this beautiful alpine village.

Haka Plus Tours Ohau

Day 3: Ohau to Queenstown

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 3

Ohau to Queenstown

From the golden tussock lands of Mackenzie country - where epic battles of Return of the King were filmed - to the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps, it's like you're driving into a postcard.
We'll pause for lots of photo stops en route to give your camera a workout, including a stop at the spectacular Kawarau Gorge. This also happens to be the world home of Bungy! Give it a go or enjoy watching the jumpers scream their way into the gorge. 
Whether you're an adrenaline junkie, an avid hiker, wine taster or scenery lover, Queenstown has something for absolutely everyone. With 2 nights and plenty of daylight hours here, get ready - this town certainly knows how to live life to the max.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Sleep peacefully tonight surrounded by New Zealand's city that never sleeps.

Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Day 4: A day of leisure in Queenstown

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 4

Queenstown Exploration Day

The activities are endless in Queenstown; paragliding over the lake, mountain bike parks and trails to die for, bungy jumping while your Haka friends cheer you on, horse riding through Lord of the Rings scenery, and swinging through a canyon are just a few of the favourites.
For scenery lovers, Milford Sound is a must-see. Whether you fly or drive, the scenery en route is as awesome as the destination. Once on the Sound, you sail beneath thundering waterfalls when you see the towering cliff faces you’ll understand why we call it the “8th Wonder of the World”.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Sleep peacefully tonight surrounded by New Zealand's city that never sleeps.

Haka Plus Tours Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown to Wanaka

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 5

Queenstown to Wanaka via historic Arrowtown

With the morning in Queenstown, you have another chance to tick off your bucket list today. What will it be? A trip to the top of the Skyline Gondola, or perhaps an adrenaline-pumping jet boat ride through the Shotover Canyon? You decide!
This afternoon we jump back onto the road and head off to Wanaka, a quick one hour drive away.
The drive is a scenic highlight in itself, so make sure your camera is fully charged and ready to go. En route, we'll stop in charming Arrowtown, a historic gold rush village with heaps of old-world character.
This afternoon is your chance to relax in stunning Wanaka, known as Queenstown's slightly quieter little sister.
Blessed with towering peaks and a glacial blue lake. you'll soon see why Wanaka's considered to be one of New Zealand's most beautiful mountain towns. There are breathtaking hikes and easy bike rides for a welcome chance to relax.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Wanaka

Queenstown's smaller sister town provides fresh air great views and much time to explore, adventure and relax.

Haka Plus Tours Wanaka

Day 6: Explore Wanaka with a night glamping

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 6

Wanaka

Today is your chance to explore one of the most beautiful towns in the southern lakes region with plenty of activities to tempt every lover of the outdoors. Included this morning is a guided e-bike tour along Wanaka’s lakeside.
In Wanaka, there are many walks, hikes and biking trails to choose from – check out the famous “Wanaka Tree” while making your way around the lake! Or, if you feel like relaxing, ask your guide to recommend their favourite secret spots to enjoy the surrounding scenery.
One of the best ways to admire Wanaka is from the air. Treat yourself to a skydive or a scenic flight in a vintage plane – you can even take a flying lesson. As always, it’s your trip and your choice: you do you! We mix things up tonight by heading to the stunning Criffel Station for a night of glamping (AKA glamorous camping)! Think fancy canvas tents with decadently comfortable beds and the great outdoors right on your doorstep. The views from Criffel are sublime… to get the real experience, you’ll have to see it for yourself!

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Criffel Station

Nestled in the hills this accommodation is camping on a whole new level with a view to die for you will certainly not forget this in a hurry.

Haka Plus Tours Criffel Station

Day 7: Wanaka to Franz Josef

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 7

Wanaka to Franz Josef

After a relaxing morning in Wanaka, the journey to Franz is another stunner – many of our Haka Guides rate it as their most favourite drive in New Zealand. As we hit the road, we’ll stop at one of our most popular lakeside lookout points at Lake Hawea or Lake Wanaka. Your guide will keep an eye on the weather and pick the best option. From the cascading waterfalls of Haast Pass to classic Kiwi coastal views, you won’t want to nap on the bus in case you miss anything. Your guide will have some epic surprise photo stops and short walks along the way.
We roll into Franz Josef around late afternoon/early evening. This UNESCO World Heritage area is famous for its spectacular glacier, just 5km from town, which is begging to be explored tomorrow.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Possibly one of the most tranquil places in New Zealand you'll spend tonight under the rainforest canopy.

Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Day 8: Adventure in Franz Josef

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 8

A day to enjoy Franz Josef

With Aoraki/Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain) twinkling behind the glaciers, Franz Josef is about as beautiful a setting as you can find in New Zealand. Te Wahi Pounamu (which means ‘the place of greenstone’ in Māori) is the name given to this part of the West Coast because of the abundance of pounamu (greenstone/jade) to be found here. Included in your tour today is a special opportunity to carve your very own pounamu pendant at a local gallery.
There are heaps of ways to enjoy Franz Josef Glacier; weather permitting, to get up onto the bluest ice you can take a scenic helicopter flight and hike onto the glaciers. Maybe you’d prefer to kayak on a glacial lake, or just relax in the steamy hot springs down below. As well as the awesome glacier activities, you could also try out quad biking, horseback riding and even a bit of group karaoke!

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Possibly one of the most tranquil places in New Zealand you'll spend tonight under the rainforest canopy.

Haka Plus Tours Franz Josef

Day 9: Franz Josef to Christchuch including the TranzAlpine Scenic Train

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 9

Franz Josef to Christchurch via Hokitika including TranzAlpine Train

After breakfast head further along the beautiful west coast, through rugged primaeval landscapes and along the ocean roads. Stopping in Hokitika for a break and visit to the greenstone factory.  Time permitting there may also be the chance to visit the National Kiwi Centre where you are guaranteed to see the Kiwi, New Zealand's national bird. The final leg of the journey is on the TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth.  This train ride is world famous and traverses through the stunning south island, arriving into Christchurch you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Your Accommodation: Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Enjoy a comfortable nights stay in the city Haka calls home.

Haka Plus Tours Christchurch

Day 10: Say farewell as you finish your 10 day Haka Tour

10 Day Southern Pioneer Haka Plus Tour - Day 10

Christchurch departure

Today is the final day of your tour.  You will have the opportunity to swap photos, contact details and share memories of your trip with your travel companions over breakfast then you say goodbye and enjoy your onward adventures!

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